A biopsy is a medical test which involves the collection of a tissue from the patient to identify the existence and intensity of a specific disease, including including cancer and hepatitis.
Why is it done?
When your doctor find signs that point to the presence of a disease such as cancer in your body, he or she may advise taking a biopsy test to discover if cancerous cells are indeed present.
Many other tests such as CT-Scan and X-Rays are also helpful to determine the presence of cancer in the body, but a biopsy is the surest way to diagnose cancer, as well as other harmful diseases.
What is the procedure?
There are multiple techniques to take a sample for biopsy, which include X-ray, ultrasound and MRI. There are also different types of biopsies such as:
- Punch biopsy
- Needle biopsy
- Breast biopsy
- Bone marrow biopsy
- Liver biopsy
- Kidney biopsy
- Prostate biopsy
- Skin biopsy
- Surgical biopsy
Who is a good candidate for a biopsy?
Anyone who is in good health can undergo the treatment. Talk to you doctor about your concerns and he or she will recommend a suitable biopsy procedure for you.
Is treatment painful?
You may feel slight discomfort but to ensure comfort, an anesthesia can be administered before the treatment starts.
What to expect?
The biopsy is all about getting the a good sample of tissue from the patient. The invasiveness of the procedure depends on the difficulty level of extracting a tissue.
A minimally invasive biopsy can be performed at the doctor’s office without taking many precautions for the procedure. However, an invasive procedure is normally done at the hospital.
- Avoid products that contain aspirin including Advil, Motrin, and Tylenol for one week prior to treatment.
- Drink plenty of water and stay hydrated for 2-3 days before undergoing the treatment
- Get fleet enema if prescribed by the doctor
Inform your doctor or go to the Emergency Room if you experience:
- Fever greater than 101.4
- Noteworthy rectal bleeding
- Difficulty urinating
You results will be given to you at your subsequent visit.
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